You might want to pause for a moment before posting a recent selfie, powwow pic or a tweet about any range of emotions. Twitter announced yesterday that hey had discovered a bug in their system that logged unencrypted passwords.
On Thursday, Twitter Support and Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal made announcements about the password storing error, but also maintained they didn’t suspect the bug had ever been accessed.
In an official Twitter blogpost, Agrwal stated Twitter account users did not need to be alarmed, but “Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password. You can change your Twitter password anytime by going to the password settings page.”
He continued with a description of the issue.
“We mask passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system. This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard,” wrote Agrawal.
“Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process. We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.”
Agrawal then issued tips for account security and apology for the issue occurring in the first place:
- Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.
- Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
- Enable login verification, also known as two factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
- Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.
“We are very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day.”